Thursday, August 15, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts PLUS Thoughts on Writing Descriptive Settings

Today, I want to share a wonderful writing resource: Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham. If you haven’t had a chance to take one of Mary’s on-line writing courses, I highly encourage you to check out her schedule. She has a class on Understanding and Crafting Great Sexual Tension that starts on September 2. I’ve taken the class, and it’s excellent, too.

Here’s a blurb about ‘Writing Active Setting Book 1:

Readers usually remember the plot and characters of a story, but setting is every bit as important in creating a memorable world. Discover the difference between Ordinary Setting that bogs down your story, and Active Setting that empowers your story — creating a compelling story world, regardless of what you write.

* See how to spin boring descriptions into engaging prose.* Learn to deepen the reader's experience of your story world through sensory details.* Notice how changing characters’ POV can change your setting.* Explore ways to maximize the setting possibilities in your story.

WRITING ACTIVE SETTING is a powerful combination of fresh insights, practical examples, and how-to advice on the often overlooked but critical element of Setting ... written in a quick-to-read and easy-to-understand style, and packed with useful application exercises. ~~ Kelly L. Stone, author of THINKING WRITE: The Secret to Freeing Your Creative Mind.

I have a scene in The Last MacKlenna that takes place in a library and is seen through the eyes of both the hero and heroine. Without Mary’s guidance, I wouldn’t have been able to write that scene in both POVs. She taught me how to relate the setting to individual characters. People don’t see the same things when they walk into a room. What’s important to a woman may not be what’s important to a man. The woman might notice how the colors in the chair’s upholstery are picked up in the accessories on the tables and in the bookcases. The man might notice the placement of the sound system’s speakers. Making your settings relevant to your characters is sometimes difficult to do, but a simple sentence can turn a blah paragraph into a memorable one. That’s one of the many things I’m looking at as I go page-by-page in this editing process.

Check it out. And thank you, Mary!

Happy writing & running, Kathy

If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Sell More on Amazon: Understanding Keywords, Categories, and Amazon's Algorithm's | Penny C. Sansevieri
  2. QueryTracker Blog: At the Scene: The Establishing Shot & Your Novel
  3. Six Common Myths about Book Reviews | Writing and Illustrating
  4. Ether for Authors: Maybe It's Not the Thought That Counts  Eliminating "thought" verbs. (Scroll down the article)
  5. Author’s Corner: Suggestions on How To Promote Your New Self-Published E-Book
  6. Why You Should Read Introductions at the End of the Book - GalleyCat
  7. The process of writing a blog post (from a timey-wimey perspective) | Creative Writing with the Crimson League
  8. How to Market Your Book at Events - BLOG - Stories To Tell Books
  9. Why Go to A Writers Conference? 10 Reflections and 10 Tips to Get the Most out of Your Conference Experience
  10. 3 Disagreements About How to Use “Either” and “Neither”
  11. How to Tell a Story With Just One Character
  12. Does Twitter Make Sense for Most Writers? | Jane Friedman
  13. Smashwords Now Offers Preordering, But Is it for You? | Indies Unlimited
  14. Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive? | The Passive Voice |
  15. Write It Sideways — Writing advice from a fresh perspective: Confessions of a Writing Group Virgin
  16. Official Website of Jami Gold, Paranormal Author: Do You Know Your Story's Subtext?
  17. The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) |
  18. The Bookshelf Muse: The Big Lie: Encouraging your Readers to Suspend Disbelief 


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